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What Kind
of Art Do We Appraise?

Our expertise is in fine art objects of traditional mediums, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and ceramics. Our services cover a wide variety of materials and processes, including sculptures that range from wood to cast bronze and paintings that illustrate oil, acrylic, and watercolor techniques.

We assess artwork from throughout the globe, including North America, Latin AmericaEurope, and Asia, while catering to both private and public collections. Learn more about our services below:

Insurance

An appraisal report can be a vital document when calculating insurance coverage for your collection. We thoroughly assess your artwork to find its replacement value: a cost estimation for replacing your artwork with a suitable substitute. This includes not only the costs of acquiring or replicating the property, but also all relevant costs associated with the replacement, such as framing, crating, transport, and so on.

 

In the event of filing a claim, our valuation data will accurately reflect what is needed to compensate theft, loss, or damage to your collection. 

The IRS requests that you substantiate your tax deduction for a non-cash charitable contribution of more than $5,000 with a "qualified appraisal prepared by a qualified appraiser," as well as a completed Form 8283, Section B. As an experienced appraiser, Ryan Haney is well-suited to help you with this objective.

This type of assessment requires a calculation of fair market value, which is defined by Internal Revenue Regulation Section 1.170A-1(c)(2) as “The price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or sell and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts.” When crafting your appraisal report for a non-cash charitable contribution, we carefully take all of these valuation factors into consideration.

For more relevant information from the IRS, please refer to IRS Publication 561, as well as Form 8283.

Donation

As an unbiased third-party, Ryan Haney's expertise allows for the ethical division of assets. This process can require the determination of different values, with the most common one being marketable cash value. This is the market value of an artwork minus any encumbrances such as transportation, commissions, buyer's premiums, and so on. 

Whether equitable distribution needs to be calculated in a divorce settlement, business dissolution, or estate division, HAFA is here to ensure fair compensation for all involved parties.

Equitable Distribution

Dividing your estate can be a daunting task, especially if you possess a vast art collection. HAFA can assess the value of your property through a comprehensive appraisal service that helps you decide your collection's future with confidence.

In determining the fair market value of your estate, our professional report will simplify the planning process by translating your collection into organized data. Whether you wish to sell a portion of you art, divide it amongst your descendants, or donate it to an institution, our detailed findings will assist you in making a knowledgable decision.

Planning an Estate

As an educated art historian and qualified appraiser, Ryan Haney meets the expectations of an unbiased expert witness. He adheres to the standards of professional objectivity that are highlighted in the ISA Code of Ethics and he conducts his expertise with integrity and discretion.

Expert Witness

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